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    My chest muscles are not visible, but most of my friends have fully developed abs. Am i abnormal? Oscar,13





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    Oscar, everyone develops at different rates. I was small for my age until I hit 16 and now I'm a bit taller than average and have put on muscle. You have about another 12 years of growing to do! Don't sweat it. You're normal. Just be you buddy.

    I am a 21 year old hetrosexual male with very little body hair. I have no hair whatsoever under my armpits and only a small amount of wispy, very fine pubic hair in my genital area. I have no facial or chest hair either, however I am of normal stature (6ft tall) with a normal head hair and a normal sized penis and testicles (6" x 5 1/2") I find it extremely embarrassing in changing room situations with other men but the worst situation by far is when a new girlfriend, (who so far have all been much hairier than me, by the way) sees my virtually hairless body and says something like 'I wish I didn't have to shave all the time' - and 'you're so lucky' which is not really what I want to hear. Do you think my lack of body hair may be down to a lack of Testosterone or could it be something else?





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    Im 25, so been having sex for 9 years now. For the last year or so, ive found it tricky to have sex, i feel like im to small below, and so sometimes it can hurt. Ive been with my partner for over 2 years now, and so when we first got toggether it was fine, but we had sex all the time, now it would be once a week/2 week, and im wondering if not having it regular is making my muscles tighten up. Before sex unless compleatly relaxed i feel my muscles around the opening of the vagina and my muscles are rock hard... Im hoping its all in my head, but what do you think?





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    I had a nearly 10lb baby 5 years ago then another 15 months after he was nearly 8lb, Im only small frame and don't think my muscles repaired themselves the first time around but just lately they seem to have got worse, I've put on weight in the past 3 months and gone from Size 10 - 12 I bike alot so I was wondering if the weight gain was muscle but can't work out why my muscles look worse now when the children are 5 and nearly 4 I did wonder if the weight gain was caused by a medication I am on (Amitryptline 50mg) and maybe thats why the muscles look worse ? Im guessing its too late to try and do anything to make them repair themselves ?





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    hey.. i was watching your program the other day and it was on about the fact that most women after having breast implants have to have surgery again within 10 years for whatever reason because they have had the wrong ones put in and can rupture etc... i had a breast enlargement 3/4 years ago and had some put in that were not liquid but were more of a solid gel that apparently don't rupture... they were put behind the muscles in my chest. are these one any safer?





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    Hi I'm 16 and suffer from intense aching pain in the hips and thigh muscles after being stood up for a few hours. A relative of mine who is 55 can do the same walk without feeling the effects. I do dance regularly (very little pain there) so my leg muscles are built up. Despite this, it still aches after a day or two - is this normal for a young person?





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    How do i know if I have ADD/ADHD? I dont know if i have it or is just me being pure lazy, i kick my self up the backside because i can't complete things. went to 6form droppedo out because i was always late and never in, Went to college dropped out and always late but i enojoyed the course but stil.... Is it because i lack willpower? Ive made a appointment with a doctor soon but i can't help feeling its just me lack of will power





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    I am 18 and was diagnosed with ADHD when I was 8. It sounds like a posibility and I can relate to it because I was expelled from school in year 10 (age 15) and since then have had to sort myself out pretty much. I've been on loads of different dosages and medications and have got the right one for me now. Everyones different with it as I have a friend who's also 18 who has had ADHD diagnosed since he was about 14 and he takes no medication as he learnt to control it better. See someone, take advice and see how you feel

    I can relate to you on this one. Im a 25 year old female and has recently just be diagnoised with Adult ADHD. Reading your comment I noticed you saying you droped out of education few times, A few years back i was the same, Just about managed to get through college, however I had two atempts of going to University and only lasted two months. I always felt different like there was a blanklet covering me. I battled with depression for few years and that was when I did my own research. ( what the internet is good at) I researched ADHD and i was surprised that all the symtoms of it i have and have had all my life! I managed to get my doctor to refer me and now my life is on track with the help of different kinds of therpy and medication. hope this is some help.

    i am 30 yrs old and have a total lack of libido i have been to my doctor and she sent me to a sex therapist who i seen for 3mts and after we finished our meetings she sent me back to my doctor who then told me that there was nothing else she can do for me i have been with my partner for 8yrs and this is getting really affected by my lack of libido and i dont know where else to turn for help





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    When my neck muscles tense my right side's muscles are more prominent and stand out on my neck, however this does not happen on my left side. Is there a reason for this? Is there a way to reduce it?





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    hi, i have had spots on my chest for the past 4 years now i have been to my gp who has give me cream and antibiotics which have failed to clear my chest up, it is now getting close to summer and i cant wear low cut tops as i feel embaressed about my chest, can you help?





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    hi i have this too and its so embarrasing its getting warm and i wear polo neck tops, i was giving steroid cream which helped the scars abit but hasnt stopped the spots

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    Hi friend, there is no reason why you should feel sorry about it. Or even lack self-confidence. There are so many ways you can improve from this condition. Do a lot of breathing exercises and yoga, improve your body physique and chest muscles by working out. The muscles will pull your sternum outwards as it grows and eventually it will give your chest a good shape. After doing these, you may try using a Vacuum Bell for some years and I am sure you will find the condition improved a lot. I also had funnel chest problem before but now it has almost disappeared after 2-3 years of hardwork. Best of luck and live with confidence!! :)

    i am a female who was born with high imperforate anus which means i lack the muscles to control my bowels so i had a colostomy done when born but was reversed at 1 year old and no amount of toilet training helped as the muscles are not there, although i was under hospital consultants they did not do much for me apart from enema's to try keep me clean, it was and is a very embarrasing issue as i suffered with this till i was 16 then i got told about a new op which was a ceocostomy, in which a gastrostomy buttom was inserted into my cecum, (large intestine) and i put saline and kleanprep through to keep my bowel clear and prevent accidents which means i do not have to wear pads and it has been a good solution and is less noticeable than a colostomy, so may be worth asking your surgeon about this procedure especially if you lack complete muscle control like i do.

    Hi, my three year old son has recently been admitted into hospital with serious respiratory problems. We noticed at birth the middle of his chest was sunken but the midwife reassured us he would fill out and it was nothing to worry about. There is a long history of cardiovascular heart problems as well as respiratory problems in the male line on his fathers side, and i understand that most cases seem to be hireditory. His diafram also collapsed as he uses this to breath instead of the outer wall muscles of his chest due to the lack of flexibility within his ribcage, and have noticed since this is how he breathes. It is already extremely noticeable at his young age and my understanding is that it gets much worse as he reaches adolescence until the time he is fully grown. Have any others had this since they were born? It basically looks like someone has dropped a bowling ball in the middle of his chest, and I am worried that it will only get worse as he gets older. He is such a happy, confident little boy and I don't want this to change, is there anything I can do?





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    Hello Sarah. Not sure if you will get this but my boyfriend of 8 years now has the sunken chest, he was born with it. He is now 25 years old. His chest is pretty sunken in, and so far has caused him no health problems. It may get a bit worse as your son ages but it may not get TOO severe, it may even itself out and just turn into a minor maybe slightly severe dip. I have heard this causes some people heart problems and it is a possibility maybe this is happening to your son. But I have never heard of anyone loosing their life from it and they may be able to do surgery when he is older if its really bad. As your son ages help him do excersizes that strengthen his lungs and his chest and also cardio. This will ease the tension that might be on his heart and also make his heart stronger and able to deal with it better. But dont fret! My boyfriends chest is pretty deep and he is still doing just fine! :)

    I have had this since i was born I am a 21 female. My brother was also born with this however has been able to work out his chest and his is much more less noticeable than mine. Nothing to worry about puberty may be tough but overall most people find it interesting rather than embarrassing

    Is the lack of breast tissue formed at puberty the result of a lack of a particular hormoan? Also if transexual men are given hormoan tablets to help and encourage them to develop breasts why are women with little or no chest not offered the same treatment?





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    I agree totally! I Dont see why they cant give it to females.

    You need to talk to your gp if they are making you feel this way and maybe they can offer you some advice on either reduction by surgery or excercise that wont hurt so much, try stregthening your chest muscles and back muscles with some weights! Hope you feel better soon.

    hey george i am 15 and have a sunken chest too. one of the best things i have found is to try and work out your pectorial muscles and abbs this significantly improves he look of the chest and can boost self confidence in yourself

    Hi Stacey.You're still a teenager and young. You may still develop in your early 20's like I did. Am now 34D! Be patient and high light your other positive features. Good luck. ps do a few light chest exercises to define your chest muscles. It won't make your boobs bigger but men love a defined chest area whether you have big or not so big boobs.

    im 21 years old and i have 36G breasts but i am a size 10/12. I have been getting agonising muscle spasms in my chest and under my arm for years. They last about a minute and can happen up to 10 times a day. Its a sharp, stabbing pain and my chest feels tight and its hard to breathe. I have been to a number of doctors who say this is due to my chest muscles not being able to cope with the weight of my beasts. I've had checks on my heart and nothing has been found so im just wondering if anyone else experiences this?





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    I suffer from this, I'm 16 and have noticed it increasingly over the last few nears and it has been noticed by others. Luckily for me I'm well built and my chest muscles help to make it look better, but it makes my abs stick out a little; making me look a little fat from sideways on. From face on it doesn't look too bad but if you view me from the side you can see that my chest caves in. I think for guys, f you do more muscle work outs it will help your figure and even girls on the beach don't notice the 'hole' in your chest. I might consider surgery in teh future if it gets worse...





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    Hi im 26 and a mother of 3 young girls, i have never had a large chest the biggest i have been is a b cup but now since i have had my 3 children they have gone to nothing all that is there now is loose skin and it has knocked my confidence something rotten, i hate wearing vest tops or any tops that would show my chest, they get me down so much. i have been with my partner for 9 years and we love each other alot,but due to my lack of confidence due to my chest im now looking at the last straw i would be so grateful if you could help me to build my confidence and my sex life.





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    My dad who's 84 has developed a series of small leg ulcers over the last 6 months, leading to a large one developing on his ankle. He's not very mobile and gets no walking exercise and has diabetes. He has seen his doctor and visits the nurse regularly to have it dressed however it has just been getting worse and worse and the medical professionals have given him no information whatsoever. I decided this couldn't go on. I have done as much research on leg ulcers via the internet as I can and found that they are caused due to lack of circulation in the legs. If you don't walk - you don't use your calf muscles and these pump the blood through your legs. I bought him a 'Circulation Booster' TENS machine which works your calf muscles for you and made him a rocking board to put his feet on to rock his heels up and down. In the last 4 weeks his leg has improved immeasurably, the swelling has gone the condition of his skin is greatly improved and although he still has the one large ulcer he is now hopeful that once this has healed he will be free of them if he keeps on with his exercises. Why aren't health professionals giving out such simple advice to enable people with ulcers to help themselves - like EXERCISE YOUR CALF MUSCLES!!!! - if lack of circulation is the cause why oh why are they not informing patients of this instead of just letting them think that there's nothing positive that can be done to help. Even if this doesn't cure them totally my dad now feels far more positive and hopeful that he may be free of this problem eventually.





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    Could you make me a heel rocker for my old dad? and how much is a TENS Circulation booster please, sound like it cld help. Thank you. Georgie

    spoke very true words, why do not the doctors tell you what to do ! thanks.

    I am a 21 year old male with a severe pectus chest. I am thinking of getting the op, but wondering how much pain you will be in and the recovery time. I'm kinda scared to get the op, but my self esteem is very low about my chest and working out only increases my spec muscles, but doesn't close the gap. If anyone can comment on how the surgery went for them that will help me a lot.





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    Hello, depending on the size of the pectus concavity, it may be possible to have the area corrected with a custom-made chest implant. This is made of firm silicone to fit into the hollow area, under the skin. I work at an NHS hospital and this is one of the conditions that we treat. We custom-make each implant for the individual patient. It is not always possible to achieve absolute perfection but an improvement is possible. This method is not as extreme as the ravitch or nuss procedures and there are risks with every type of surgery. It is possible to treat both male and females with a solid silicone implant. These should not be confused with silicone gel breast implants, as they are totally different. Females are not usually able to disguise Pectus Excavatum with normal breast implants because they enlarge the breasts thus making the concavity at the cleavage area appear even deeper. A custom implant fills the hollow and improves the aesthetic appearance.

    hi can the similar fat on chest be removed through excersize rather than surgery. I wasn't satisfy with the remedy in the video above. his chest after surgery look so much artificial. i would rather be happy as it is now. Can therefore, weight lighting under proper fitness instruction help to turn fat into muscles.





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    I am 60 y.o. live in the US and just found out, like Terry, that this is what my 'deformity' is called. I have no chest muscles on the right hand side and minimal muscles under my right arm. When I was a child doctors were always amazed that I could lift things and that I could write. I have a normally developed breast on the left side only. I wear prosthetic devices for mastectomy patients. I've thought about surgery but find the thought frightening.

    my boobs have always been large, my breast aren't saggy but my nips point downwards, what is this called? I have tried everything to work chest muscles to see if that would help "lift" my breast, when I put my hands on my chest and lift slightly upwards my nipples and breast are lifted the way they "look" like they should be but I don't understand why my nipples just point downwards... is this a condition? And is there anything I can do to help strengthen my chest??





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    i am 20stone i get no help ,no dietician as i was sent away because i was not diabetic i have been over weight all my life i am a single mum two kids i need to be able to look after them . my oldest son who is also overweight 13 years old 12 stone i am so worried. where we live there is no funding and lack of dieticians to help us not sure what to do .went to weightwatchers but finding it too expensive .they will not help me with a band or bypass because lack of funding i am not a dieabetic .i have bad chest pains pains breathless tired i do try to keep fit i go to swimming and two exercise class and walk the dog twice a day i do try





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    I have this problem with my stomach muscles after i had my first baby 3 yrs ago but it wasnt picked up on until when i had my 2nd baby last october i was told to wear a tubey grip to pull the muscles together as my muscles had split 5 fingers width apart, i was seeing a physio but no longer seeing her anymore, my stomach muscles are now 2-3 fingers width apart, but the muscles bulge out either side and my belly button folds over. I can still place my hand into my stomach which is horrible, I dont know what to do, can you suggest anything ? sam





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    55 years old. Male. Over weight. No diabetes. Relatively healthy. I have belly button hernia 10 years now. Blood test negative for wide range things. Last 5 months burns when I pee. No pelvis pain. No groin pain. GP tested for urine infection. Intermittent lack of sperm fluid with each ejaculation going on for 3 weeks. Standard bowel movements with no pain. Mild arthritis exists. Right leg a little above and below nee pain like pulled muscles for 8 months. Going in for mid and groin ultrasound. Going in for MRI on leg. Any suggestions about pee and lack of sperm? Related?





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    I know how a lot of you feel. I'm 17 and have size 32F breasts - I've had them since I was about 13 and now, I've just had enough. They're so saggy and disgusting, I can't stand to get undressed in front of my boyfriend or even wear a swimsuit! As lots of you on here probably do, I find it incredibly difficult to find well-fitting, supportive (or even nice) bra's! Most of the ones in my size are either plain, boring or just ugly! I have been considering surgery all the way through puberty, but at the end of the day - I just can't afford it. So instead, I've got a tip for all the ladies out there who have trouble with sagging breasts. It won't pull them back up, but it will stop them sagging lower, as it strengthens the muscles that keep your boobs pointin upwards. All you have to do is put your palms flat against each other in front of your chest and push them together as hard as you can. You should feel the muscles by your armpits and above your breasts stretching. In time, this will strengthen your muscles and help reduce sagging. It's not surgery - but it helps.





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    as i understand, if you have this condition there are one of two way to help. surgery being one, the other is to bind your stomach to help the muscles knit themselves together.essentially pulling either side of your muscles together. exercise can actually make the condition worse, especially situps, as your pushing your organs out though the gap and the muscles are trapped on either side creating a dome. there is a type of situp you can do in order to promote the stomach muscles to join. look on line for examples of this. hope this helps....Good luck





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    where on internet can i find the good situp exercise. i have had this problem for 19 years since kids born. i have meantioned it to gp's, nurses, physios over the years, no one has ever said there is a solution and has said just do exercise, and hope for the best. i am not as bad as the lady on program. but i get a peeked dome when i sit up, or put any strain on stomach muscles. please help.

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  • Embarrassing Bodies - Episode 1 - Series 7

    In the first episode Dr Christian meets a man with a hole in his head and Dr Pixie sees a woman who’s hoping for some help with childhood burns to her chest and back. Read more →

  • Embarrassing Bodies Doctors Series 7

    Episode 1 - Series 7

    In the first episode Dr Christian meets a man with a hole in his head and Dr Pixie sees a woman who’s hoping for some help with childhood burns to her chest and back. Read more →

  • Teeth grinding

    Episode 3 - Rural

    This week's episode includes a woman leaving pieces of skin everywhere, and cases featuring lumpy eyes, boils on the groin and some truly terrifying teeth. Read more →

  • Breast Reconstruction

    Episode 3 - Brighton

    The doctors head to Brighton with their truck-stop clinic, whilst the main clinic receives visits from a woman with a post-mastectomy problem, a man with Poland's syndrome, and some persistent ulcers. Read more →

  • Verrucas on the foot

    Episode 4

    Episode 4's patients included one suffering from the penis bending disease Peyronies, a lady with bothersome Bad Breath and a very surprised owner of a 3rd Nipple. Excess Hair was also on the EI agenda, as were Verrucas that had become a family affair… Read more →

  • Acne Kelioidalis

    Episode 10 - Back to the Clinic 2

    Back in the clinic the doctors are checking up on cases of acne, incontinence and a scaly skin problem that had left some specialists baffled... Read more →

  • Ball Check-Up

    Episode 11 - Back to the Clinic 3

    Back in the clinic the doctors are checking up on everything from unwanted hair, to agonizing prolapses and some very painful privates. Read more →

  • Man boobs

    Breasts

    In this second of four specials, the Embarrassing Illnesses doctors will be concerning themselves with breasts and all matters mammary. Read more →

  • Folliculitis

    Episode 9 - Rally

    This week's episode includes a woman with a hair-raising illness, some unwanted leakage, an itchy scalp and a wake up call for Dr Christian… Read more →

  • Christian and his dad

    Embarrassing Old Bodies Special

    The Embarrassing Bodies clinic has opened its doors for a one off special looking at the conditions and problems that affect older people. Read more →

  • Acne

    Men

    The EI Docs go in search of the most elusive creature in the doctor's waiting room - the 'MAN'. Featuring a case of prostate cancer, man boobs, male hairloss and several problem penises. Read more →

  • Acne lazer treatment

    Episode 7 - Back to the Clinic

    This week the doctors are inviting some of their most serious cases back to the clinic to find out exactly how they've been getting on with their treatment, and to find out if they've conquered their embarrassment! Read more →

  • Anal Operation

    Vaginas

    The EI team roll into Norwich to setup a clinic in one of the country's busiest shopping centres. This time the Docs are getting stuck into the Vagina, and there’s no room for coyness ladies! Read more →

  • Alopecia

    Episode 5 - Holiday

    This week's episode includes a visit to the airport where the Doctors see holiday goers bring back more than just souvenirs and tans. Read more →

  • Keloid Scars

    Episode 1 - Pelvic Floor

    This week’s episode includes a woman who thinks she has a giant vagina, and a man who has had to wear incontinence pads until he’s saved by a revolutionary operation available on the NHS. Read more →

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